The Enactus Saint Mary’s team swept up a total of 7 awards at the Enactus Canada National Exposition held May 7-8., making them a stand-out among the 69 competing teams from across the country.
The team took home the following:
· Enactus National Competition – National Runner Up
· Student Entrepreneur of the Year – National Champion (Ross Arsenault, MTEI – Ashored Innovations)
· TD Entrepreneurship Challenge – National Runner Up
· Hellmann’s Real Food Challenge – National Runner Up
· CWB Financial Education Challenge – National Second Runner Up
· Capital One Digital for Good Challenge – Top 6 in Canada
· Scotiabank Environmental Challenge – Top 6 in Canada
The Enactus Saint Mary’s team has consistently reached the final round of national competition (top four teams) for the past eight years. The team has attracted 135 students from across all faculties - 42% are not in business majors.
The team’s key project is Square Roots, which works to redirect locally grown, “imperfect” produce into the hands of communities, addressing the issues of food waste and food insecurity. In 2017 Square Roots launched a Token Program that reduces food waste in restaurants.
This year, Square Roots partnered with a local craft brewery, Boxing Rock Brewing Company, to produce 14 Carrot Gold, a pale ale made using imperfect, locally grown carrots. With every bottle sold, $0.50 went towards the purchase of Square Roots tokens to be be handed out to those in need.
The idea is catching on: teams from Sheridan College, Flemming College and Medicine Hat University are planning to launch their own Square Root franchises.
“All of the success the team has achieved would not be possible without the support of everyone here in the University and community, “ says Acting Director, SMUEC Michael Sanderson. “Whether taking time to meet with students to give them advice, supporting their projects and travel or just coming out to an event, it is extremely appreciated.”
About Enactus Canada
Enactus Canada, a national charity and the country’s largest post-secondary experiential learning platform, is shaping entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,400 post-secondary students led 275 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, positively impacting over 28,000 lives. As a global network of 36 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca.